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Fabulous Fascitelli Engineering Center at URI

Architecture critic William Morgan reviewed the University of Rhode Island’s Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, designed and engineered by Ballinger.

Excerpted from GoLocalProv:

The University of Rhode Island’s Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering handsomely demonstrates that bold new architecture is not just the purview of Ivy League schools and their private brethren like RISD and MIT.

Colleges and universities can be the places to view the latest work of starchitects. Institutions like Yale, Princeton, and MIT have become architectural petting zoos, with strutting displays of egotecture.

State schools are often less likely to be laboratories of avant-garde architecture. Yet public universities–the Michigans, Ohio States, Californias–are also commissioning notable design.

New England may be the incubator of higher education in this country, but architecturally our state universities have lagged somewhat behind. The $125,000 million Fascitelli Center demonstrates that that is changing.

At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for example, New England’s only public architecture school moved into the first academic building in the United States made of cross-laminated-timber, designed by Leers Weinzapfel, while the business school just opened an innovation hub by Bjarke Ingels Group, one of the world’s most daring firms.

URI’s engineering program, once scattered across the campus in a various structures is now housed in one striking 190,000 square feet steel and glass structure that has become the center of gravity for the Kingston school.

The L-shaped, five-story engineering building is in marked contrast to the rest of the campus. Except for the attractive Westerly granite structures in classic post-Civil-War-state-college style surrounding the common, URI’s design identity has been undistinguished.

In part because of a new master plan by Ballinger, architects of the engineering building, works like the Wellness & Fitness Center, an imaginative remake by Kite Architects of a 1965 dining hall, are beginning to offset less inspiring projects such as the URI Foundation’s home, which looks like a bloated McMansion, one with rams horns capitals.

But the missteps of the past fade when one enters the sparkling, light-collecting Fascatelli Center. Its strong, clean lines and pristine glass and metal surfaces are the perfect metaphor for a research center that explores the physical aspects of our world from civic and environmental engineering to Nano-technology and cyber-security.

As Terry Steelman, senior principal at Ballinger and project designer, says, Fascitelli “propagates the notion of engineering as a bridge between liberal arts and the sciences.” A 210-foot-long truss that spans the ground floor reinforces the bridge theme.

Beneath that span is a transparent rectangle sheltering a student gathering space with a cafe. Because of the trussing system, this large open social center supports nothing above it, so one can see right through this open space to the other side.

Visible diagonal trusses show through the glass walls. This bracing system allows classrooms and research laboratories to be unencumbered with vertical columns.

Hallways along the exterior perimeters of the white-painted trusses provide the school’s most endearing feature: a hawk’s-eye view the campus and the South County countryside.

Philadelphia-based Ballinger has a reputation as designers of technically complex science buildings, and have worked at Penn, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and many other schools. There are no frills here, no gimmicks, just a focus on good design delivering the best educational engineering facilities.

Brown missed such an opportunity for a bold glazed design when Ballinger’s original proposal for the Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences was unfortunately clad in brick to appease College Hill neighbors more interested in a false notion of context than encouraging exceptional design.

At URI, however, the emphasis on natural light transforms what might have been just another science building. Architect Steelman is particularly proud of the glazing that wraps the fifth floor. This unitized curtain wall has an acid-etched first surface and a white fret as the second surface. Light filtered through this scrim is ever changing.

If we imagine the Fascitelli Center as a brilliant gesture at re-branding the university, it tells us loud and clear that URI is a place that will lead to, in the words of President David Dooley, “discoveries that we cannot even imagine today.”

GoLocal architecture critic Will Morgan has written extensively about university design and is the author of Collegiate Gothic: The Architecture of Rhodes College.

Engineering for a New World

The University of Rhode Island Magazine covered the opening of the Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, designed and engineered by Ballinger.

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Excerpted from the University of Rhode Island Magazine:

The largest construction project in University history, The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering opened its doors this fall, bringing all the engineering disciplines together in a space that actively supports hands-on, interdisciplinary research and defies departmental silos. The center features state-of-the-art research labs, student-oriented open space, and bold, modern design–transparent, airy, and centered around common work areas.

By Janine Liberty

From the smartphone to the Large Hadron Collider to France’s Millau Viaduct, some of the world’s greatest engineering marvels have been created in the last 20 years. Rapid advances in technology and material sciences have changed not just what’s possible in engineering, but what’s imaginable. Engineers are at the center of an era defined by unprecedented technological capabilities, and their creative and practical achievements are shaping the world in entirely new ways.

Collective Purpose

Just before classes began this fall, a group of engineering professors gathered in The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering. Representing the full engineering faculty, this group comprises 22 of the college’s 74 faculty members, whose research and teaching will be shaped by the open space, transparent walls, and bridge-like architecture of the new facility.

Engineers are unique. Equal parts creative visionaries and doers, they are able to imagine technologies that will advance human potential, and construct the framework that will transform their ideas into reality. These engineers are also teachers, mentors, and guides—showing the next generation, who will be faced with some of the biggest problems the world has ever known, how to engineer solutions.

A New Space for a New Era of Research

URI’s College of Engineering is positioned to push the rapidly expanding boundaries of science and technology, and its new home, The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, is designed for this new era. With the opening of The Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering this fall,” says College of Engineering Dean Raymond M. Wright, “students can be educated differently, and researchers can collaborate more easily across disciplines.”

“This new facility will stimulate collaborative, multidisciplinary learning and research. It will lead to discoveries that we cannot even imagine today.”
–URI President David M. Dooley

“Increasingly, our engineering students and faculty are not only working in interdisciplinary teams within the college, but with students and faculty from across the University in oceanography, health, pharmacy, chemistry, computer science, and business as well as companies and corporations around the state, region, and the world,” URI President David M. Dooley says.

During preliminary meetings with the project’s principal architect, Terry Steelman, of the firm Ballinger of Philadelphia, Wright explained that he wanted to bring faculty together through research areas, not departments or disciplines. “One thing we know for sure is when we bring people together to solve challenges, it gets done,” says Wright.

The college will be organized around critical interdisciplinary research themes that address some of the biggest challenges the world faces: alternative energy, nanotechnology, robotics, cybersecurity, water for the world, biomedical technology, advanced materials and structures, and sensors and instrumentation.

The Fascitelli Center will support and encourage this interdisciplinary research by physically locating faculty from different disciplines near one another and adjacent to common research and meeting spaces. “Almost nothing in engineering anymore exists solely within a single discipline,” says Steelman. “This building is designed not just to advocate for, but to stimulate interdisciplinary discovery, so students can be educated differently, and researchers can collaborate across disciplines.”

“When the engineering disciplines combine, the sum is greater than its parts. URI engineering is building the future.”
–Dean Raymond M. Wright

“Our faculty are designing and building the infrastructure modern society relies on; finding innovative ways to harness energy from our sun, ocean, and even highways; building new medical diagnostic methods and devices; and racing to ensure every man, woman, and child has access to clean, safe water,” says Wright.

“This new facility will stimulate collaborative, multidisciplinary learning and research. It will lead to discoveries that we cannot even imagine today,” Dooley adds.

The new building was funded by two Rhode Island voter-approved bond issues, as well as private gift commitments from corporations including Toray Plastics (America), Inc.; FM Global; Taco; Hexagon; and Shimadzu; and from individual donors, including a $10 million gift from College of Engineering alumnus Michael D. Fascitelli ‘78, Hon. ‘08, and his wife, Elizabeth Fascitelli.

Learning Through Hands-On Research and Fieldwork

Working in robotics is like the Wild West in terms of the opportunities it presents,” says engineering student Robin Hall ‘20. “It’s always innovative, always changing, and there is always something new to work on.” Hall sits in the Intelligent Control and Robotics Lab surrounded by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), robots, spare wires, and computers.

Situated on the fourth floor of the new engineering building, the robotics lab opens up to an expanse of glass that encloses the exterior hallway. From inside, you can look out over the northern edge of the Kingston Campus to the woodlands beyond. Hawks soar above the distant treetops, in effortless flight, while research teams inside devise robotic systems capable of agile, aerial movement.

“Working in robotics is like the Wild West in terms of the opportunities it presents.”
–Robin Hall ’20

This year, Hall has an independent research grant to develop a wall-traversing drone. “My idea employs a four-propeller UAV surrounded by an external cage that can rotate independently from the internal body of the robot. The cage will protect the vehicle and maintain stability.” Working with existing drone and cage designs, Hall’s innovation is to fix two axes and add a motor to the third axis to control the movement. “The quadcopter will behave like a wheel, rolling laterally against a wall surface.”

He’ll work with Paolo Stegagno, assistant professor of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering, as his grant adviser. “As he designs and tests his UAV, Robin will gain advanced knowledge of control systems,” says Stegagno.

More research involvement–such as Hall’s–at the undergraduate level is important to the college; it means higher-quality senior projects, better internships, and more opportunities for students at all levels to learn from one another. Senior capstone projects are team-oriented and industry-driven, focusing on real-world challenges companies bring in for senior-year students to work on over the course of the academic year.

Making the capstone projects highly visible is meant not only to benefit students, but to attract industry. The projects are already an important point of entry for industry partners, having reliably translated to employment for graduates as well as research and economic partnerships with the University.

College of Engineering alumnus W. Lewis Collier, M.S. ‘86, Ph.D. ‘14, rapid engineering and prototype systems engineering manager for the MIL Corporation, and former technical director at Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation, supervised URI engineering students doing capstone projects at SRI International. He says URI’s capstone program “offers a valuable opportunity for students to apply and hone their engineering skills and learn about real-world problems and how engineers operate in the field.” Adds Collier, the program “is also important to the University’s mission to provide educated workers for Rhode Island businesses.”

A New Space for a New Era of Research

Great design is achieved through a balance of opposites. This 190,000-square-foot, five-story engineering building is a tour de force of design.

During the day, light streams throughout the enormous expanses of open space, constantly shifting in color, shadow, and intensity as it passes through surfaces of varying opacity. This effect is balanced by the density and stability of the building’s metal truss support system–which eliminates the need for interior support columns and allows for uninterrupted, open interiors–and sleek concrete floors.

“The glass of the building is both a metaphor and a physical manifestation of transparency and collaboration.”
—Dean Raymond M. Wright

The trusses, which span more than 150 feet of open space inside and are visible from the exterior of the building, are like those used for bridges, giving the building a bridge-like appearance, which emphasizes its physical siting between the older, humanities-focused buildings in the center of the Kingston Campus and the newer, science and technology-focused buildings on the north edge of campus.

In the new building, capstones will be a significant and highly visible part of the activity. More importantly, points out Wright, students from different research themes will be working in the same space. “You’ll have civil engineering and mechanical and biomedical capstone projects happening side by side.” In the building’s design, the Ballinger team combined the majority of the teaching environments on the first floors, so that students will be exposed to the interdisciplinary nature of the building.

“The quad level is a remarkable place,” says Wright. “We want our students to recognize that it’s their home. There are no faculty offices or research offices on that floor. It’s all about showcasing the hands-on aspects of engineering and building a creative atmosphere for students.”

Great architecture must also balance the experience of the individual with a collective purpose. Fascitelli credits Wright’s vision of bringing the college’s departments together as the driving force behind the building design. “Science as a whole has become so much more interactive, and the world is changing at such a rapid pace,” says Fascitelli. “You really need that cooperation between disciplines.”

Says Wright, “The glass of the building is both a metaphor and a physical manifestation of transparency and collaboration.”

“There’s nothing like this building in our portfolio. It’s unique to URI and I’m really proud of that,” says Steelman, adding that the center is “one of the most provocative and technologically advanced engineering buildings in the country.”

Hall is inspired by the new engineering space. “Being able to work in this space is an amazing upgrade,” he says. “It’s like a temple. It feels like you have the opportunity to do anything here.”

Celebrating Engineers Week

February 16-22 is Engineers Week, a celebration aimed at engaging students in engineering. As one of the first firms in the country to merge the disciplines of architecture and engineering into a professional practice, we take pride in creating inspiring environments for engineering learning and discovery.

In honor of Engineers Week, we’re profiling the recently completed A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park. Conceived to foster broad interdisciplinary convergence in a dynamic hub for innovation, it brings together students from various engineering and technology disciplines with a common interest in enhancing lives through medical advancement. A Student Innovation Lab serves as the building’s “working commons,” a highly-flexible team-based makerspace for both small and large projects.

An adjacent forum with operable walls hosts classes and serves as a campus-wide events venue.

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Exposed systems throughout the building provide didactic opportunities for the School of Engineering. These functional systems are compositionally orchestrated to be central to the architectural experience.

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“Clark Hall embodies the future of multidisciplinary engineering with human impact,” Darryll J. Pines, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the next University of Maryland president, said at Clark Hall’s ribbon-cutting. “These state-of-the-art facilities will create the next generation of engineers who will advance human health worldwide, transforming millions of lives.”

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Ballinger Supports Future Innovators in STEM

Ballinger was a sponsor of the annual Philadelphia Region Future City Competition, an educational engineering program for middle-school students to imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Using the engineering design process as a framework, students develop a virtual city with SimCity, write an essay, build a scale model, and deliver a presentation. This year’s theme, which students had to incorporate into their cities, was providing a reliable water source for all citizens.

Part of a national initiative to engage students in STEM, the Philadelphia program culminates in a live event judged by professional engineers. Numerous volunteers gathered at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor for the competition on January 18, including a group from Ballinger. Throughout the day, budding engineers in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades presented their cities to judges.

East Norriton Middle School was the proud recipient of the “Walter Ballinger Hope for the Future Award,” made possible by Ballinger’s financial contribution to the event. Their creative methods of sourcing water through desalination and fog capture, sustainable modes of transit via magnet trains, and care for their citizens’ health through music therapy won the award. The innovative and environmentally-friendly design of the team’s city connected to the firm-sponsored award’s goal of “hope for the future”.

Bryn Mawr Project Honored for Construction Excellence

Bryn Mawr Hospital’s new patient pavilion was presented with the General Builder Contractors Association (GBCA) Construction Excellence Award in the healthcare category last evening at the 22nd annual Construction Excellence Awards (CEA).

Ballinger provided MEP engineering services for the project, which was created in response to the Mainline Health System’s need for a market-competitive, contemporary healthcare facility committed to serving its community. Delivering on this need, the facility includes improvements such as private rooms, two medical/surgical telemetry units, an intensive care unit, a high-tech surgical suite, and maternity, labor and delivery, and NICU units. LEED Silver certification, a green roof, an advanced emergency power system, and techniques to reduce long-term ownership costs showcase this project as both resilient and sustainable. Ballinger’s innovative contributions include a reimagined HVAC system that not only satisfies expectations and important healthcare guidelines, but does so while prioritizing sustainability.

Winners were honored at an awards ceremony in Center City Philadelphia on November 21.

Ballinger Recognized on List of Top 100 Green Design Firms

Ballinger was recently ranked #44 on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 100 Green Building Design Firms for 2019. Companies were ranked according to 2018 revenue from projects registered or certified by third-party green building organizations such as the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC). ENR reports on top architectural and engineering design firms and construction companies, as well as projects in the United States and around the world.

At Ballinger we have always felt a professional obligation to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainable design initiatives into our design philosophy. In a world of increasingly valuable and constrained resources, Ballinger’s design process considers initial construction costs, flexibility for future changes, as well as energy and other annual operating costs. Our firm seeks to integrate the latest proven technology with exceptional design.

Link to ENR’s List of Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms of 2019

University of Rhode Island Features Ballinger Project

The Ballinger-planned, designed, and engineered Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering officially opened its doors in October 2019. It’s one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the country, featuring flexible spaces for interdisciplinary collaboration, and equipment essential to forward-looking research.

Excerpted from the University of Rhode Island’s Features:

Light streams through the walls of glass and into the enormous expanses of open space in the new 190,000-square-foot, six-story Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, which officially opened on Monday, Oct. 7.

All of that open, light-filled space is the centerpiece of the building’s design, which University leaders saw as a way to enhance collaboration among faculty and students across all engineering disciplines.

The celebration marked a momentous day in URI history and a way to thank Rhode Islanders for their support of bond issues totaling $150 million to construct the Fascitelli Center and to expand and renovate Bliss Hall, the historic home of engineering at the University.

Michael D. Fascitelli, a 1978 graduate of the College of Engineering and a 2008 honorary degree recipient, and Elizabeth C. Fascitelli, made a $10 million gift in July to benefit the engineering college. Fascitelli credits Dean Raymond Wright’s vision of bringing the College’s departments together as the driving force behind the building design. “Science as a whole has become so much more interactive and the world is changing at such a rapid pace,” said Fascitelli. “You really need that cooperation between disciplines.”

The Fascitelli Center and the improved and expanded Bliss Hall, which first opened in 1928, will strengthen the College of Engineering’s leadership in the areas of clean energy, nanotechnology to robotics, cybersecurity, water for the world, biomedical technology, smart cities, and sensors and instrumentation.

“With the opening of The Fascitelli Center and Bliss Hall, students can be educated differently, and researchers can collaborate more easily across disciplines,” Dean Wright said. “This building is designed not just to advocate for, but to stimulate interdisciplinary connections and discovery.”

Ballinger Project ILSB Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Recent Ballinger project, the new Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), will host a Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting this Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am – 3:00pm. The program will feature remarks from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Miller Jr., and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski. The celebration will include building tours, hands-on life science activities, active learning demonstrations, and GRIT-X: a series of short talks presented by UMBC staff highlighting the importance of diversity in research. Additionally, Volkan Alkanoglu, the artist who created the building’s striking art installation “INFLIGHT,” will be present for questions.

The new 131,000 SF ILSB includes wet bench life science research space, shared scientific research core spaces, new multidisciplinary science teaching labs and active learning classrooms. Office spaces for faculty and research assistants are also included to support the research mission of the building. UMBC is a pioneer in teaching non-major foundation labs in an active learning classroom setting and report improved student outcomes due to team learning requirements that increase attendance and promote peer to peer learning. The four 90-person classrooms included in ILSB expand this teaching style on campus and help promote its success.

“UMBC requested a transparent building that put science on display. The interesting challenge was to create a place that would foster strong sense of community for the researchers, while opening the building to the broader campus community that use the classrooms, teaching labs and shared study spaces. The Commons unify these two user groups into one flowing connected space while maintaining layers of security and privacy.” – Steve Bartlett, Lead Designer

Link to event details

Commerce Secretary on Fascitelli Center: “We Will Power the Economy”

The Providence Journal covered the ribbon cutting ceremony for Ballinger’s Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. During the event, Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor described the importance of engineering in the state, “Rhode Island is a place that engineers and builds things. We have throughout our history, but it’s part of our future as well. It’s a central part of our future. We are thrilled that there’s an engineering school that is of such an outstanding standard. Through this school we will create pipelines of talent that will serve our corporations. We will create great opportunities for our emerging young professional engineers, and we will power the economy.”

Link to article

Ribbon Cutting to Mark Opening of New URI Engineering Center

The new Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI), designed and engineered by Ballinger, officially opens on Monday, October 7. The opening event will kick off with a speaking program at 11am, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and building tours.

The new five-story engineering teaching and research building, the largest construction project in URI’s history, was designed as a new interdisciplinary hub to attract faculty, students and industry partners. A key design feature of the building is a truss support system, which eliminates the need for interior support columns and allows for uninterrupted floor plates. Visible from the exterior, the innovative structural solution evokes the discipline of engineering and engages the campus.

Grand View Health Announces Expansion Plans

Grand View Health recently announced plans for a new 170,000 SF hospital expansion, one of several components of a 5-year, $210,000,000 investment in providing improved access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.

Planned, designed and engineered by Ballinger, the 5-floor hospital expansion will be constructed adjacent to Grand View’s existing hospital in Sellersville, PA. The design prioritizes wellness for patients, family and staff while integrating state-of-the-art technology and enhanced community connections. The design features a new main entrance and light-filled public space, aimed at improving the patient experience while maintaining the culture and values Grand View Health has upheld since its founding in 1913. The expansion will include an integrated procedural platform with operating and interventional rooms, as well as private inpatient rooms, which will enable Grand View Health to offer all private rooms campus-wide.

Currently in schematic design, the project is scheduled for completion in 2023.

Groundbreaking Celebrated on New Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Hospital

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) held a groundbreaking celebration today for a new inpatient hospital in King of Prussia, PA. Ballinger provided architecture, interior design, MEP engineering, and structural engineering services for the 250,000 SF facility, which will significantly expand the services and offerings of CHOP’s current King of Prussia campus. During her remarks, CHOP President and CEO, Madeline Bell, described how the new location will provide convenient access to the highest quality hospital services available.

This new 6-story, 52-room inpatient facility will be the first standalone hospital in the CHOP network not located on the main Philadelphia campus. The facility was specifically designed to offer modern innovation while creating a family-friendly environment. Design features such as open and bright waiting areas, playrooms, ample parking, sun-filled spaces, child life services, and a concierge-like welcome experience bring this intent to life.

Link to groundbreaking photos

A. James Clark Hall Named a 2019 “Pupil Pleasing Design”

World Architecture News (WAN) recently named Ballinger project A. James Clark Hall to their list of “Pupil Pleasing Designs” in the education category for 2019.

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The 184,000 SF flagship building for the University of Maryland’s School of Engineering was recognized by WAN for fostering broad interdisciplinary convergence in a dynamic innovation environment.

World Architecture News is the editorial home of the WAN awards, an annual program that showcases projects from around the world and provides a forum to celebrate design excellence.

Full List of the 2019 Pupil Pleasing Designs

Ballinger engineers recognized by ASHRAE

Ballinger engineers were recognized for their commitment to ASHRAE’s mission at the ASHRAE Region III Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. Ballinger senior associate and 2018-2019 ASHRAE Philadelphia Chapter President, Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, received the Presidential Award of Excellence. It is awarded for significant improvement in membership, attendance, research promotion, education, chapter programs and technology. Ballinger mechanical engineer Anthony Scaccia, PE won the “Majority Whip” Award for his work as the Grassroots Government Affairs Chair. As Chair, Anthony established and maintained relationships with state, local, and municipal officials with responsibilities related to energy policy.

The Philadelphia Chapter, led by Chapter President Michael Radio and Sustainability Committee Chair Anthony Scaccia, received the Region III Sustainability Award.  This award is given to the chapter most effective during the 2018-2019 period in supporting ASHRAE’s mission to promote a sustainable world.

With more than 57,000 members from over 130 countries, ASHRAE is the leading industry organization representing building system design. Region III includes Philadelphia, Central Pennsylvania, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Lehigh Valley, Roanoke and Anthracite chapters. The Chapters’ Regional Conference was held in Norfolk, Virginia August 15-17.

Ballinger engineer brings fresh ideas to professional industry group

Ballinger senior associate Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP served as president of the ASHRAE Philadelphia Chapter for the 2018-2019 term. As president, he increased meeting attendance by 75% by introducing new programming, and varying monthly meeting times and locations. Citing ASHRAE members’ focus on work-life balance, he introduced lunchtime instead of dinnertime meetings. Meeting topics centered around big-picture technology innovations and data usage trends that are revolutionizing the field and he invited a variety of professionals to present, including Dr. Stephanie Taylor, a former physician scientist who consults on safety in healthcare environments, and Gary Fechter, General Manager at UGI Performance Solutions.

Reflecting on the end of his term as president, Mike described his family’s reaction when he told them he would pursue MEP engineering. “When I graduated from Drexel University and decided to enter the MEP consulting field, my mom looked outside at the air conditioning unit and said, ‘That’s what you’re going to be doing for a living?’  I laughed, and explained that the HVAC field is so much more than that. I’m proud that my work as president of the ASHRAE Philadelphia chapter has advanced understanding of our field.”

ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. Members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Several Ballinger staff members serve on the board of governors and ASHRAE Philadelphia committees.

Swarthmore’s Singer Hall Named in Honor of Scientist Alumna

Swarthmore College’s new biology, engineering and psychology building, currently under construction, will be named Maxine Frank Singer ’52 Hall, becoming one of the first science buildings named for a woman on an American college campus.

Swarthmore CollegeAfter graduating from Swarthmore in 1952, Maxine Frank Singer earned a PhD in biochemistry from Yale University and went on to make significant scientific breakthroughs, including helping to decipher the human genetic code. In addition to conducting research and serving as a science administrator, she helped formulate the National Institutes of Health’s guidelines about how research in genetic engineering should be carried out.

The naming in Singer’s honor was proposed by the family of Eugene Lang, who donated $50 million to the building project.

Ballinger led the planning, design and engineering for the 160,000 SF interdisciplinary hub, which will promote synergies between engineering and other academic disciplines. The building will include classrooms, laboratories, office space, and indoor and outdoor commons.

Link to details: Swarthmore College Maxine Frank Singer ’52 Hall

Ballinger Celebrates Engineers Week

February 17-23 is Engineers Week, a celebration aimed at engaging students in engineering. This year we’re profiling members of Ballinger’s engineering group to illustrate a variety of careers in the field.

PrintName: Liz Young
Role: Structural Engineer
Last software program used: Revit and RAM Structural Systems
Favorite part of being an engineer: Constant, creative problem solving
Hobby: Crossfit and teaching my daughter about engineering!

PrintName: Aidan Jamison
Role: Plumbing Design Engineer
Last software program used: Revit 2019
Favorite part of being an engineer: Solving real world puzzles
Hobby: Cooking, Rock Climbing and Rubik’s Cubes

PrintName: Phil Kerschner
Role: Fire Protection Engineer
Last software program used: Fire Dynamics Simulator
Favorite part of being an engineer: Solving Problems
Hobby: Golf

PrintName: Leonard Mecca
Role: Senior Plumbing Designer
Last software program used: MS Word
Favorite part of being an engineer: Creating solutions to design challenges
Hobby: Playing guitar

PrintName: Lan Tomasi
Role: Mechanical Design Engineer
Last software program used: Revit
Favorite part of being an engineer: The creative and collaborative process of designing unique systems for a variety of tasks
Hobby: Hiking, exploring and trying new foods

Robin MartinName: Robin Martin
Role: Design Engineer
Last software program used: AutoCAD
Favorite part of being an engineer: Watching the phases of construction from initial design to building occupancy
Hobby: Gardening

PrintName: Elzbieta Kluczynski
Role: Design Engineer
Last software program used: SKM Power Tools
Favorite part of being an engineer: Learning something new every single day from my amazing co-workers
Hobby: Reading monthly BNovel book

PrintName: Mike Radio
Role: Engineering Studio Leader
Last software used: Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES)
Favorite part of being an engineer: Guiding clients towards solutions that fit their specific needs and opportunities to utilize new innovations
Hobby: Basketball, strength training, listening to classic rap

Bryn Mawr Hospital Celebrates Opening of New Patient Pavilion

Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health, celebrated the opening of a new 256,400 SF eight-floor patient pavilion. Ballinger provided MEP and fire protection engineering services for the transformative modernization. The engineering team was tasked with prioritizing patient safety in the event of an emergency, while also reducing energy use.

The new power system for the campus has 100% emergency backup via onsite generators. This enables the hospital to operate in “island mode,” meaning hospital operations can continue without service interruption, even in the event that the hospital is isolated from the local electricity distribution network.

The pavilion is designed to meet LEED Silver requirements, as outlined by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The new operating room (OR) platform employs a Dedicated Outside Air System (DOAS) with active desiccant dehumidification and individual air handlers for each OR space.  This system allows each OR to be individually set to a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees and maintain humidity between 30% RH and 50% RH without using reheat energy. Individual temperature and humidity controls increase staff and patient comfort and contribute to reducing energy costs. Ballinger also designed an upgraded 5,200 ton chiller plant and a high-rise fire sprinkler system that includes pioneering technology to avoid requiring pressure-reducing valves throughout the system, saving long term ownership costs. Other sustainable features include LED lighting controls and green roofs.

Ballinger Among Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2018 MEP Giants

Ballinger was named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2018 MEP Giants. The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection engineering firms in the United States and Canada. The 100 engineering firms distinguished by this award were recognized in the August 2018 issue and honored at an awards ceremony in Chicago. The firms selected as 2018 MEP Giants continuously push boundaries in the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering sectors, providing the top engineered systems in the building industry.

Kraus Transformation Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking celebration for the University of Michigan’s Edward Henry Kraus Building Transformation, designed and engineered by Ballinger, took place on Friday.

Excerpted from the University of Michigan Record:

Members of the campus community broke ground Friday on an addition to the 101-year-old Edward Henry Kraus Building, which will enable the School of Kinesiology to consolidate its programs and operations in one location beginning in the fall of 2020.

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Edward Henry Kraus Building Classroom 

The $120 million project calls for a deep renovation of the existing 183,000-square-foot building, plus a 62,000-square-foot infill addition within an exterior courtyard.

Completed in 1915, the Kraus Building had housed the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Both of those departments have relocated to the new Biological Science Building, which opened this fall.

Ballinger Senior Principals Craig Spangler and Terry Steelman Present at Tradeline

The “Engineer of the Future” must be creative, entrepreneurial, and adaptable. Engineering is increasingly focused on application of scientific discoveries to solve real-world issues, a dynamic that requires a “next generation” of engineering facilities capable of supporting these interdisciplinary convergent trends.

Ballinger Senior Principals Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Terry D. Steelman, FAIA explored this topic at the 2017 Tradeline Conference on College and University Science and Engineering Facilities. Their talk, titled “Next Generation Engineering Facilities: Features That Support a New Skill Set for the ‘Engineer of the Future,’” described how new models for teaching and research facilities can support future engineers.

The presentation featured case studies of Ballinger’s work on the campuses of the University of Rhode Island, George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

Ballinger Presents at Tradeline Space Strategies 2017

Ballinger’s Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP and Katherine Ahrens, LEED AP, along with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Senior Vice President Doug E. Carney, AIA, LEED AP, gave a presentation at the 2017 Tradeline Conference on Space Strategies. Their talk “A Workplace Innovation Process to Harness the How, When, What and Why of Your Organization’s Working Style,” explored how Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) approached the launch of a more progressive work environment.

Ballinger Presents at 2017 International Institute for Sustainable Labs Conference

Ballinger Principals Craig S. Spangler, AIA and Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP presented at this year’s International Institute for Sustainable Labs Conference in Boston, MA. The I2SL annual conference is a technical forum focused on strategies to meet the challenges of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in laboratories and related facilities.

Their presentation, “Share the Air: Cascading Air Strategies Using Neutral Temperature Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems” explores how cascading air strategies can be applied to the design of complex buildings to optimize energy savings from first costs to continued maintenance.

Illustrated with examples from Ballinger’s portfolio, the presentation highlighted successful design and engineering strategies to minimize energy use and reduce costs through the use of neutral temperature dedicated outdoor air systems.

 

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HUP: Q&A with Russ Neithammer

Ballinger’s electrical engineers are celebrating the completion of a long-term project to replace the 15 kV medium-voltage power switchgear in Penn Medicine’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine was the nation’s first medical school and remains a renowned center of research and clinical excellence. HUP is the oldest university-owned teaching hospital in the country and sees over 72,000 patients per year. Ballinger has worked with them over the last ten years on the planning and implementation of several major electrical power projects, with the end goal of replacing the 15 kV medium voltage main service entrance switchgear for this prestigious institution.  Chief Electrical Engineer, Russ Neithammer explained Ballinger’s approach to this monumental project.

What was this project all about?

RUSS NEITHAMMER: The overall goal was to upgrade the over 70-year-old 15 kV medium voltage utility service entrance switchgear, leading to an improvement in overall reliability, simplified maintenance, and a reduction in exposure to catastrophic failure. We started with a feasibility study in which we identified a number of approaches to replacing the switchgear and to upgrading lighting, HVAC, fire sprinkler protection, and egress provisions in the hospital’s main electrical equipment vault to meet current code requirements and to be consistent with other University electrical service facilities.

What sort of options did you consider?

RN: Each approach had its pros, cons, and risks.   For switchgear replacement, we considered many options. For example, we looked at a vacuum circuit breaker retrofit into existing switchgear cubicles, installing the new switchgear in the existing location, and installing it in an adjacent transformer vault location.

How did you decide which approach to take?

RN: It was essential that there be no disruptions to hospital operations in the process of replacing the service entrance switchgear.  This meant that we had to have a design that minimized the time required for any single outage as we changed over from the old switchgear to the new, while also allowing for the option of temporarily backing out to existing conditions if we encountered problems during any of the outage work.  Continuity of operations and constructability were the key drivers that informed all major design decisions.

That sounds complex. What methods did you use to make that possible?

RN: We designed the switchgear installation with constructability in mind right from the start.  The design option that resulted in the least amount of risk to hospital operations was the one that allowed for installation and energization of the new switchgear in the adjacent transformer vault before removal of the old.  This allowed us to move loads from the existing to the new switchgear via separate, sequential outages for each of the feeders.

The initial challenge was that before we could address replacement of the main switchgear, the active 2400V transformers in the transformer vault had to be removed from service.   This meant that the entire existing 2400V distribution system (a holdover from the early 1900’s) had to be eliminated.  We accomplished that by executing two predecessor enabling projects.  First, we replaced the 2400V switchgear and transformation (to 480V) in the Dulles building portion of the HUP complex.  Our second enabling project involved the construction of a new building that houses transformation (to 480V) and distribution to the three oldest buildings of the HUP complex.  As with the replacement of the main substation, each of the enabling projects had its own constructability issues, which were addressed in a similar manner to the main substation project, i.e., install and energize the new equipment before removing the existing equipment.  Completing the enabling projects eliminated all loads on the existing 2400V transformers, thus allowing them to be removed from the transformer vault and freeing up the space we needed to completely install and energize the new switchgear and move the feeders.

With an empty transformer vault, construction work leading to installation and energization could go forward, requiring only two short utility outages to tie in and energize the new switchgear and make it ready to accept load as the feeder moves were executed.

What takeaways do you have after 10 years on this project?

RN: Overall, communication throughout the process was the key to executing the project with minimal disruption to hospital operations. The design and construction staff, operations staff, clinical staff, construction manager, design assist electrical contractor, design engineer, and PECO (the electrical utility serving HUP) were all involved throughout the entire process. Likewise, although this project had a heavy electrical focus, architecture and all of Ballinger’s engineering disciplines played significant roles.

Approaching the project with this level of communication meant that the design constructability was understood by all parties.   This understanding led to detailed outage planning for the best possible coordination with hospital operations. The result was a process with minimal design changes or surprises and a project executed on-time and well within budget.

Ballinger Engineering for Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories Featured in ASHRAE Journal

The July 2017 edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Journal, features an article written by Ballinger Associate Principal, Brad Crowley, PE, LEED AP about the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The article, entitled “University Lab Model for Energy Efficiency”, highlights Ballinger’s design for this interdisciplinary research building which recently won first place from the 35th annual ASHRAE Technology Awards in the category of New Educational Facility.

The article explains that Ballinger engineers faced an enormous challenge in designing a sustainable laboratory environment, and especially one that can quickly convert from a wet to dry lab, such as was required for this 105,000 SF teaching and research building addition. The resulting Undergraduate Teaching Labs met the University’s sustainability goals, achieved a 50% reduction in energy consumption over LEED baseline, and earned LEED Platinum certification. The engineering team designed the building to maximize laboratory safety, indoor environmental quality, and energy efficiency, all while complementing and enhancing the architectural design of the renovation. Energy-efficient measures such as enthalpy and sensible energy recovery wheels, chilled-beams, roof insulation, high performance fume hoods, and a neutral air displacement system harmonize with Ballinger’s design and facilitate active learning for students of biology, chemistry, neuroscience and biophysics at the University.

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University of Rhode Island College of Engineering Groundbreaking

Ballinger joined dignitaries including Governor Gina Raimondo, University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley and URI College of Engineering Dean Raymond Wright for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the University’s new $125 million engineering complex.

The complex, designed by Ballinger, is the largest construction project in the University’s history. Its purpose is to enhance the visibility of engineering on the URI campus and attract the best faculty, students and industry partners.

The architecture will express and evoke the discipline of engineering: the key design feature is a truss support system, which eliminates the need for interior support columns and allows for uninterrupted open spaces. Ballinger is providing architecture as well as MEP and structural engineering services for the 190,000 SF facility, scheduled for completion in 2019.

Design Principal Terry Steelman and Senior Designer Zak Whiting attended the groundbreaking event, which included presentations by University leadership and the unveiling of 3D renderings.

Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Labs Achieves LEED Platinum

We are pleased to announce that Johns Hopkins University’s Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory (UTL) was recently awarded LEED Platinum by the United States Green Building Council (USCBC). Platinum is USGBC’s highest level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which serves as the foremost standard in sustainable building and design.

Ballinger provided architecture, programming, planning, and engineering services in the development of this light-filled learning and research facility that supports Johns Hopkins University’s biology, chemistry, neuroscience, and biophysics departments. The design addressed a 2009 JHU President’s Task Force on Climate Change Report, which called for an aggressive 51% reduction in carbon emissions.

A multitude of sustainability features were woven into the building’s framework. Ballinger’s design placed emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainable site development, and interior environmental quality. The facility is designed to use 50% less energy than similar lab buildings, by employing decoupled neutral air systems, chilled beams, occupancy sensors, high-performance fume hoods, and dual energy wheels that recover heat and moisture from exhaust air.  As a result, the project has been recognized with sustainability awards as well as design awards.

As an integrated architecture and engineering firm, Ballinger is proud to be recognized as a leader in sustainable design. This month, Ballinger Associate Principal Brad Crowley will accept a 1st place Technology Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers at the Annual ASHRAE Winter Conference for the advanced energy-efficient solutions utilized in this building.

Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories Wins Top ASHRAE Technology Award

Ballinger’s design for the new Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories at Johns Hopkins University won first place from the 35th annual ASHRAE Technology Awards in the category of New Educational Facility. Each year, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recognizes firms whose innovative designs have provided solutions to the comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency goals of their clients.09024_00_n60_medium

The Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories serves as an active learning and research facility for Johns Hopkins University’s biology, chemistry, neuroscience and biophysics departments. In addition to developing light-filled and open learning spaces that engage a tree-filled garden alongside the building, Ballinger’s design addressed a 2009 JHU President’s Task Force on Climate Change Final Report, which called for a 51% reduction in carbon emissions. By employing numerous innovative strategies for diminishing energy consumption, including decoupled neutral air systems, chilled beams, occupancy sensors, high-performance fume hoods, and energy wheels that recover heat and moisture from exhaust air, the facility achieved an over 50% reduction in energy consumption over LEED baseline and a LEED Platinum certification is anticipated.

Ballinger Principal Engineer on the project, Jonathan Friedan, LEED AP, said of the project, “I am proud to have collaborated with Brad Crowley who engineered this project, which has changed significantly the way we think about creating high-performance physical environments for learning, teaching, investigation, and collaboration.”

Brad Crowley will be accepting the award from the Society at their Annual Winter Conference January 28 – February 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.  In March, the project will be the cover story of the ASHRAE Journal

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Johns Hopkins University’s Undergraduate Teaching Labs wins 2016 SCUP Award

 

The Ballinger-designed Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories is a 2016 Honor Award Recipient for SCUP/AIA/CAE Excellence in the category of Architecture-Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse. The jury selected ten Honor, fourteen Merit, and eleven Honorable Mention Awards this year.

 

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On July 12th at SCUP-51, the Annual International Conference to be held in Vancouver, members of the jury will present a 90-minute session on observations from this year’s submittals, what was “excellent,” best practices and the challenges that lie ahead for higher education.

Established in 1965, The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) is a community of higher education leaders who are responsible for, or are involved in, the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them. 

For the full list of SCUP winners, click here.

 

VP Joe Biden Visits Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center

Kicking off the Obama Administration’s national initiative to find a cure for cancer, VP Joe Biden visited Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center yesterday. Ballinger engineering designed the Mechanical & Electrical systems for the Abramson Cancer Center research facilities located in the Smilow Center for Translational Research and the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies in the new South Tower.

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Ballinger in the First Machine Age

Ballinger architect Edward Robinson, AIA, LEED AP has been conducting research into Ballinger’s long history. Ballinger was one of the first firms in the country to merge the disciplines of architecture and engineering. Yesterday Ed presented a talk “Ballinger in the First Machine Age,” covering the years 1878-1990. Drawing on a variety of primary sources collected over several years, Ed described the evolution of the firm in the context of Philadelphia’s rapid growth.

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Ballinger Presents Advanced HVAC Technologies to ASHRAE Members

Associate Principal Bradford Crowley, PE, LEED AP was invited to present at the ASHRAE Philadelphia chapter meeting held yesterday. He described Ballinger’s application of advanced HVAC technologies at the recently completed Undergraduate Teachings Labs at Johns Hopkins University. He discussed conceptual and concrete aspects of the project, providing context on the multitude of sustainability features woven into the building’s framework.

ASHRAE is an engineering trade association with the mission of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

Ballinger’s Central Utility Plant powers CHOP’s New Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

 

Long-time Ballinger client, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, opened its doors at the new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care Monday. The Buerger Center is a major part of the new Raymond G. Perelman Campus, master planned by Ballinger. It’s powered by the Central Utility Plant, which maintains 24-hour utility generation. Utilities produced and distributed include compressed air, chilled water, hot water and electricity, among others.

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3737 Science Center Wins ULI Award

3737 Science Center was one of seven winners of the Second Annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence, organized by Philadelphia’s Urban Land Institute. The Awards for Excellence recognize the best real estate projects completed within the last five years in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

Ballinger provided MEP services for 3737 Science Center, located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia. This $119 million, 13-story, 334,000 SF facility accommodates clinical, laboratory, research and office programs. Tenants include Penn Medicine and gene therapy startup Spark Therapeutics, as well as support for STEM/STEAM educational initiatives for low-income secondary school students.

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Ballinger Presents Post-Occupancy Data at Tradeline

Ballinger Principal Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP and Associate Principal Stephen M. Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP presented a talk at Tradeline Research Facilities 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The session, titled “Post-Occupancy: Lab Functionality, Flexibility, Energy,” reviewed post-occupancy findings from three high profile science facilities at Johns Hopkins University, the Wistar Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh.

They presented data on modeled-vs-actual building performance, real-world use of interchangeable features, amenities for collaboration and interaction, and operating details. The presenters explained how end-user feedback can inform decisions on next-generation research facilities to maximize return on investment.

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A World of Research Under One Roof

The opening of the new Science and Engineering Hall is the cover story of the Winter 2015 edition of GW Magazine. “It’s an impressive building in an impressive location,” says Dr. Can Korman, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor at GW’s School for Engineering and Applied Science.

Chemistry professor Susan Gillmor described the experience of students working in the new building, “Instead of this being a drag that you have to go to lab for four hours, you are going into a lab that inspires you, a lab where you want to learn.”

Completed in 2014, Science and Engineering Hall is the largest academic building of its kind in Washington, DC and the first new major laboratory building on the campus in over 50 years.

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Ballinger Wins Two Philadelphia AIA Awards

Two Ballinger projects were honored with Design Awards from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The awards program recognizes the best in architectural design among AIA Philadelphia members.

Ballinger’s Undergraduate Teaching Labs at Johns Hopkins University received an Honor Award. Light-filled and open, the four-story building accommodates a variety of teaching methods and learning styles, and its flexible and open layout enables cross-disciplinary learning and research opportunities.

The Nexus Building at Adelphi University received a Silver Award, the highest honor in the Unbuilt category. Ballinger provided architecture, planning, interior design and engineering services for this innovative learning environment prominently located at the entrance to Adelphi’s campus.

Ballinger Makes Distinguished ARCHITECT 50

Each year, ARCHITECT magazine conducts an in-depth survey to produce a qualitative ranking of the top 50 architecture firms across a broad range of categories, from business to sustainability to design. Based on factors such as net revenue per employee, profits invested in research, and energy efficient metrics in conjunction with the AIA 2030 challenge, Ballinger was ranked #39 overall. Ballinger’s commitment to sustainable design was recognized with a rank of 25 in the sustainability category.

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Repurposing Existing Facilities for Modern Science

At the 2012 Tradeline College and University Science Facilities Conference, Principals Craig Spangler, AIA, Jeff French, FAIA, and Jonathan Friedan, PE, LEED AP explored the challenges associated with making the judgment to invest in an existing facility struggling to retain its functionality.  It is easy to wipe the slate clean and start with a blank piece of paper.  Each Principal approached this from the opposite perspective, working on the fundamental premise that extending the life of a building is the ideal outcome, even if modest additions are key to unlocking success.

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Ballinger Experts Explore Systems and Strategies for Building Renewal

Associate Principal Stephen Bartlett, AIA, LEED AP and Associate Principal Bradford Crowley, PE, LEED AP led a session at Tradeline’s 2012 International Conference on Research Facilities. They outlined the strategies for comprehensive renovation of older research facilities, with a focus on space planning and mechanical systems upgrades to improve energy efficiency.

Stephen and Brad drew on current project experience by featuring two case studies, a 200,000 SF biology research building for Johns Hopkins University and a 250,000 SF teaching and research building for the Schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Both projects include complete renewal of MEP systems, interior renovations of research lab spaces, and phased implementation strategies made necessary by ongoing partial occupation.

Tradeline is an industry resource that presents high level conferences focused on the latest planning, design, operations and financial thinking for the built environment. This year’s International Conference on Research Facilities was held in Scottsdale, AZ.

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The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery named 2012 Lab of the Year

R&D Magazine has bestowed this year’s annual Lab of the Year award upon the Ballinger-designed Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. This prestigious awards program is an international competition recognizing excellence in laboratory design. Situated at the heart of the University of Wisonsin-Madison campus, this unique 330,000 SF biomedical research facility is home to twin institutes, the private, nonprofit Morgridge Institute for Research and the public Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. To engage both the local and campus community with the science happening in the building, an unusually large part of the program is dedicated to public activity. A ground floor Town Center serves as a civic science place and a living room for the surrounding science and engineering campus quadrant. The secure research floors located above the public realm embrace the concepts of transparency and openness to promote interaction, collaboration and discovery within the lab environment.

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Ballinger Senior Principals Present Successful Models for Co-Locating Science + Engineering Programs

At Tradeline’s 23rd Annual College and University Science Facilities Conference, Senior Principals Bill Gustafson, FAIA, Craig S. Spangler, AIA, and Jeffrey French, FAIA presented recent trends in science and engineering facilities. They reviewed a series of recent projects that reflect three planning trends: the research / teaching neighborhood, the emphasis on collaborative spaces, and the disappearance of boundaries both physical and psychological. The underlying principles that drive these trends are measurable: higher utilization of space, higher research productivity, and greater emphasis on shared resources, both space and equipment. Ballinger provided university leaders with measurable benchmarks for these complex phenomena.

Tradeline is an industry resource that presents high level conferences focused on the latest planning, design, operations and financial thinking for the built environment. This year’s College and University Science Facilities conference was held in Scottsdale, AZ.

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